| Dec 29, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Is the impending induction of Genesis the beginning of progressive rock getting its long-denied due from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Or is this just tokenism, a one-time exception made because of all the pop hits Genesis scored......
| Dec 30, 2009
| 4:35 PM
Weren't we supposed to be partying with robots on Mars by 2010? Nevertheless, L.A.'s finest night owls have prepared some stellar parties. Twenty Ten: A Space Odyssey at L.A. Center Studios Shiny Toy Guns will headline, Geisha House and Ketchup will set...
| Dec 26, 2010
Preaching With Sacred Fire
An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present
Edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas
W.W. Norton: 976 pp., $45
The Anthology of Rap
Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois
Yale University Press:...
| Nov 5, 2009
| 9:32 PM
I was a rock critic in a past life, so every year around this time, I still get a ballot allowing me to vote for my favorite nominees in the annual election at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.......
| Nov 27, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Like the Guitar Hero games it's based on, "DJ Hero" requires gamers to tap a colored button at just the right time. Credit: Activision Grandmaster Flash. DJ Shadow. Z-Trip. Most hip-hop heads revere these names as turntable legends. But itâs likely most...
| Sep 22, 2008
Run-D.M.C. could "Walk This Way" into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges are among the nine nominees for next year's hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday.
| Feb 27, 2009
| 11:17 AM
| Apr 2, 1989
Rap music is not polite. It's a noisy 'n' crude attack on mainstream sensibilities that has even liberal-minded adults who were raised on the rebellious, outlaw beat of Little Richard and the Rolling Stones asking themselves, "What happened to real music?...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The great theorist of psychoanalysis Jacques Lacan envisioned desire as “caught in the rails of metonymy, eternally extending toward the desire for something else.” In the rhetorical figure of metonymy, a signifier points toward something...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 1:28 PM
Pardon my cynicism: Spending hundreds to reserve a table at an oceanfront hotel serving expensive champagne I won't be able to taste two hours in isn't my idea of a fabulous New Year's Eve.
I like to party at venues that don't close, with people I know,...
| May 4, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Adam “MCA” Yauch was co-leader of the Beastie Boys, a New York City trio that transformed hip-hop. But just as significantly, the group and especially Yauch transformed themselves, providing a model for how artists can mature and grow as...